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Shut Off Protection

Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule
 216B.097

The Cold Weather Rule states that a cooperative electric association must not disconnect and must reconnect the utility service of a residential customer during the period between October 15 and April 15, if the disconnection affects the primary heat source for the residential unit and all of the following conditions are met:

  • A customer enters into and makes timely payments under a payment agreement that considers the financial resources of the household.
  • The household income of the customer is at or below 50 percent of the state median household income. The utility may verify income on forms it provides or obtain verification of income from the local energy assistance provider. A customer is deemed to meet the income requirements of this clause if the customer receives any form of public assistance, including energy assistance that uses an income eligibility threshold set at or below 50 percent of the state median household income.

Apply for Shut-Off Protection

Fuel Assistance Providers
ALL AREAS
Lutheran Social Service Southwest Office
320-235-5459

KANDIYOHI, MCLEOD AND MEEKER COUNTY
United Community Action
Partnership Toll-Free 800-992-1710

KANDIYOHI
320-235-0850 or 800-992-1710

MCLEOD
320-587-5244 or 800-829-2132

MEEKER
320-693-7911 or 800-770-4081

RENVILLE COUNTY AREA
Renville County Family Services
320-523-5522 or 800-363-2533

STEARNS COUNTY AREA
Stearns Tri-Community Action Programs
320-251-1612 or 888-765-5597

WRIGHT COUNTY AREA
Wright County Community Action
320-963-6500

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